The Indian Premier League is the extravaganza of cricket that has changed cricket forever. One can never imagine the cricket world without the IPL today. This flagship event of the BCCI was first played in 2008 and since then has expanded its wingspan fourfold. Due to the IPL, the future of Indian Cricket seems to be in safe hands. The best of players in the IPL are groomed to be stars of Indian Cricket. Players who play in the IPL turnout fearless and gain a lot of experience. Here is the story of the foundation and impact of the IPL:
IPL Foundation and Contribution of Lalit Modi:
|Organizing Committee||Board of Control for Cricket in India|
|Format||T20 (20 Over per side)|
|First Match||Royal Challengers Bangalore VS Kolkata Knight Riders|
|First Match Date||18th April 2008|
|First Match Venue||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore|
|First Chairman of IPL||Lalit Modi|
|Number of Teams||8 to 10|
|First Winners||Rajasthan Royals|
The story of the foundation of the IPL begins in 2004. Lalit Modi had the idea of establishing a league of cricket in India for a very long time. Lalit Modi was an Indian businessman coming in from a rich family in India. Modi belongs to the Modi family that owns the Godfrey Philips Company in India. The company is the top manufacturer and seller of tobacco-based products and also has a pharmaceutical side. Their pharmaceutical side is called Medicare. Lalit Modi was a creative genius.
Lalit Modi studied abroad and had seen the foreign professional leagues. He was fond of the leagues like the NBA, the Champions League, La Liga, and the NFL. Modi was keen on forming a sports league in India with the sport that India loves the most, cricket!
Problems faced by Lalit Modi:
But the problem faced by Lalit Modi was that the sport of cricket in 2004-2005 was a day-long sport. The sport could not hold the audience at the edge of their seats for long time intervals and the audience was low too. Also, for establishing a league Lalit Modi had to hold a position of power on the organizing committee.
The first problem was solved by the onset of the T-20 format of the sport. In 2007, the first-ever T20 World Cup was played. Indian Cricket which was under immense scrutiny due to the loss at the 2007 ODI World Cup had to be revived. And a young Indian team under the leadership of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh did the same. India won the first-ever T20 World Cup played in South Africa. Taking advantage of this love for the newest format, BCCI announced the IPL.
For the second problem, Lalit Modi made use of his political contacts. He first became the President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. Then, later on, Modi became the Vice-President at Punjab Cricket Association. In 2007 he was elected as the Vice President of the BCCI. This position was more than sufficient for Lalit Modi to launch the idea for IPL. In 2008 the IPL was begun.
Impact of the Indian Premier League (IPL):
The IPL is one of the biggest leagues, currently and that very thing explains its impact on the world of cricket. From generating new players to creating several job opportunities, from providing a platform to giving a marketing chance, and most importantly providing over-the-top entertainment to the people.
The IPL has proved to be a breeding ground for Superstars of the next generation. The league has not only given birth to national but international talents of the upcoming years. It has given birth to players like Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj, and Navdeep Saini. Hardik Pandya was scouted by the Mumbai Indians when he was 21 years old from a game in the ground at Baroda. Before that, the Pandya boys were playing night games in tennis cricket to fill their stomachs. Mohammad Siraj, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver was groomed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Siraj was also playing night games before that. Navdeep Saini, on the other hand, was found by Gautam Gambhir while playing tape ball cricket in a local ground in Karnal, Haryana.
Other Indian Players groomed by IPL Include:
- 1) T Natarajan (Punjab Kings)
- 2) Rohit Sharma (Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians)
- 3) Venkatesh Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders)
- 4) Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals)
- 5) Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
- 6) Mayank Markande (Mumbai Indians)
- 7) Chahar Brothers (Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings)
- 8) Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)
- 9) Ishan Kishan (Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians)
- 10) Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai Indians)
Internationall Players groomed by the IPL:
- 1) Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings)
- 2) Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)
- 3) Dwayne Smith (Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings)
- 4) JP Duminy (Mumbai Indians)
- 5) Marco Jansen (Mumbai Indians)
- 6) Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)
- 7) Nicholas Pooran (Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings)
- 8) Jos Butler (Rajasthan Royals)
- 9) Shaun Marsh (Punjab Kings)
- 10) James Franklin (Mumbai Indians)
Entertainment Industry and Marketing:
The IPL provided a lovely integration for entertainment, business, and sport. Every top businessman in the country today wants to own an IPL team. The reason is the fanbases that each team has and the free marketing that it generates. Top businessmen, like Ambanis, Adanis, Goenkas, Jindals, Wadias, everyone has a team which they use to promote their brands.
The entertainment sector includes providing opportunities for broadcasters, sports presenters, and commentators. The performances by the amazing cheerleaders and the bands and dancers in the innings break always catch the eye. Cricket itself provides the majority of the entertainment. The games are action-packed from ball 1! The viewership on Hotstar and Star TV Network goes into the millions in the playoffs! And the IPL produced over 1 million jobs for laymen.
Current Status of the Indian Premier League (IPL):
The net valuation of this league is around 50,000 Crore Indian Rupees. The BCCI has always made sure to keep the league flourishing and blooming by making creative changes. IPL 2022 will be featuring two new franchises. The Lucknow-based franchise was bought by the RPSG Group, for 7090 Crore Indian rupees. While the Ahmedabad-based franchise was bought by CVC Capital Partners for 5060 Crore Indian Rupees. So, the tournament now expands from 8 teams to 10 teams. The number of games also increase from 60 to 74. IPL 2022 will be played for two months and most probably in India itself.
List of teams in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with home grounds:
- Mumbai Indians (Wankhede Stadium)
- Chennai Super Kings (Chidambaram Stadium)
- Punjab Kings (IS Bindra Stadium)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (M Chinnaswamy Stadium)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (Reddy International Stadium, Hyderabad)
- Rajasthan Royals (SMS Stadium, Jaipur)
- Kolkata Knight Riders (Eden Gardens, Kolkata)
- Delhi Capitals (Arun Jaitely Stadium, Delhi)
- Lucknow IPL Team (Ekana Stadium)
- Ahmedabad IPL Team (Narendra Modi Stadium)
Future of Indian Premier League (IPL):
The future of IPL is as bright as the morning sun. However, there are several concerns regarding how the BCCI will manage to get a window of 2-months from a very busy schedule of international cricket. Also, the broadcasters are always concerned about the over rates as they lose viewership if matches go beyond 11:15 pm.
Apart from these two issues, the BCCI has made sure to keep the tournament a perfect package of two months of extravagant cricket. The IPL is here to stay and give us several more talents in the sport of cricket.